My Old Kentucky Home
Stephen C. Foster
The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home
'Tis summer, the people are gay;
The corn top's ripe and the meadow's in the bloom,
While the birds make music all the day;
The young folks roll on the little cabin floor,
All merry, all happy, and bright,
By'n by hard times comes a-knocking at the door,
Then my old Kentucky home, good night!
Weep no more, my lady,
Oh weep no more today!
We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home,
For the old Kentucky home far away.
Owsley County, MY old Kentucky home, is located in southeastern Kentucky and has approximately 5000 residents. Economically ranked one of the poorest counties in the United States, Owsley County is rich in people and history. It is named for Kentucky Governor William Owsley, who served as governor from 1844 to 1848. The county seat is Booneville and was once known as Boones Station, named for Daniel Boone who is said to have owned land on Meadow Creek. The Owsley County Court House and Post Office opened in 1844 and was renamed Booneville in 1846. Owsley County has approximately 198 square miles of beautiful wooded hillsides, meadows and streams, and a portion of the Daniel Boone National Forest runs through Owsley County.
Owsley County's most famous resident was Earle Combs, who played baseball for the New York Yankees from 1924 to 1935 and was inducted into the Baseball hall of Fame in 1970. A plaque to honor his birthplace stands on Highway 11 at Pebworth, and a mural of him has recently been hung on the front of the Owsley County Courthouse.
We welcome you to come for a visit. Drive the back roads, enjoy the peaceful mountain scenery, see the wildlife, or just sit on the porch with us. We'd love to have you!